Oculus Connect 2’s keynote talk has just kicked off in Hollywood, California, and it’s already hosted a big surprise. Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe began his talk by introducing none other than Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of parent company Facebook. The famous figure strutted out onto the stage to talk about the future of VR and the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), which Facebook bought for some $2 billion USD back in 2014.
“As time goes on we’re getting tools to experience richer and richer and more immersive types of content,” Zuckerberg said. “If you go back 5 or 10 years most of what we experienced online was just text. Today most of it is visual.” He went on to talk about that evolution, using clips from the Star Wars franchise and later noting that: “We’re enterting a golden age of animation.
“This isn’t the end of the line. There’s always a richer and more immersive medium to experience the world. And after video the next step is fully immersive virtual reality where you’ll be able to experience full scenes.”
The Star Wars: The Force Awakens 360 video that made its debut on Facebook earlier this week was shown. “When I first tried Oculus I though ‘okay, not VR is ready'” he added, quickly explaining that it then wasn’t quite at that point. “Now we all here have a chance to collaborate. “
“All of you are inventing the next major platform,” he noted before handing back over to Iribe. This was the most direct link between Facebook and Oculus VR yet seen outside of Chief Scientist Michael Abrash hosting a talk at the former’s F8 developer conference earlier this year.
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